• Rumaysa: A Fairytale
  • Rumaysa: A Fairytale
  • Rumaysa: A Fairytale
  • Rumaysa: A Fairytale
  • Rumaysa: A Fairytale
  • Rumaysa: A Fairytale
  • Rumaysa: A Fairytale
  • Rumaysa: A Fairytale

Rumaysa: A Fairytale

Children's, Age 9-12
Paperback Published on: 01/04/2021
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Longlisted for the Jhalak Children’s & Young Adult Prize 2022

Step into a Once Upon a Time where anything is possible . . . Radiya Hafiza's enchanting and funny debut weaves together three stories, spinning the classic fairytale to show that anyone can be a hero.

'Rumaysa, Rumaysa, let down your hijab!'

For as long as she can remember Rumaysa has been locked away in her tall, tall tower, forced to use her magic to spin straw into gold for the evil Witch and unable to leave. Until one day, after dropping a hijab out of her small tower-window, Rumaysa realizes how she might be able to escape . . .

Join Rumaysa as she adventures through enchanted forests and into dragon's lairs, discovers her own incredible magical powers and teams up with Cinderayla and Sleeping Sara!

Rumaysa: A Fairytale is a magically fresh, empowering and funny debut, with beautiful inside illustrations by Rhaida El Touny and cover illustration by Areeba Siddique.

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781529038309
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Weight: 178g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 17 mm

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Rumaysa: A Fairytale
A diverse, feminist reimagining of three well loved fairytales.
A diverse, feminist reimagining of three well loved fairytales. Rumaysa has been trapped in a tower weaving gold from straw for as long as she can rememb... READ MORE
Rumaysa: A Fairytale
Three fairytales retold with wit, diversity, and extra magic!
I am so grateful to Macmillan Children’s Publishers for the proof copy as i had heard so much about it on Twitter! As a children’s bookseller I am always o... READ MORE
Rumaysa: A Fairytale
A bold and fresh mix of Islamic tradition and western fairytale
On my class bookshelf, to help my charges select their choice of reading material, I have divided the books up into various categories – each labelled acco... READ MORE
Jacqui  Sydney
Rumaysa: A Fairytale
Just so much fun!
I loved this!! It was a lot shorter (I read it in an hour!) and more simplistic than I was expecting - I would categorise it as a borderline chapter book, ... READ MORE
Rumaysa: A Fairytale
fresh and unique!
I really enjoyed this fairy tale retelling. The story begins with Rumaysa (Rapunzel), who is locked in a tower by a witch and made to spin straw into gold.... READ MORE
Rumaysa: A Fairytale
A magical, diverse fairytale
Thanks to NetGalley, the author and publishers for a free e-arc in exchange for an honest review. This is a fairytale that every child needs to read. Work... READ MORE
Katie Williams
Rumaysa: A Fairytale
One of the most joyful and inspiring.stories I have read, with fearless princesses, talking owls, the power of sisterhood, and strong girls who don't wait to be rescued by princes, rather help them break free too!
Thank you Netgalley UK and Macmillan Children's Books for sending me an advance reader copy in exchange of an honest review. Solid 5 stars from me (I hone... READ MORE
Tasmia Tahia
Rumaysa: A Fairytale
Funny and original twists on classic fairytales
This was such a sweet, entertaining read that was unexpectedly hilarious too! I loved how the central character Rumaysa connects the Rapunzel tale to the o... READ MORE
Rumaysa: A Fairytale
Loved it
This book was beautiful. I love the story and characters journey and the illustrations to go along with them. Looking forward to reading more by this autho... READ MORE
Louise Freeman
Rumaysa: A Fairytale
A diverse reimagining of three well loved fairy tales
This is a superb reimagining of three well loved fairy tales. The author uses humour well and brings three separate stories together in a unique way.
Beth Bennett
Rumaysa: A Fairytale
Brilliant and touching
Radiya Hafiza has woven a wonderful story full of compassion, humour and magic! A joy to read and share with younger readers. Thank you!
Nadine Al
Rumaysa: A Fairytale
Bought this and Rumaysa Ever After for my little cousins and they absolutely love them. Their mum is buying copies for the kids’ friends now too. More book... READ MORE
Ella Gordon